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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    In this economy I would mothball NASA, we just can't afford this fun stuff right now.

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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    There were clear advantages and reasons for moving to the new world and im yet to hear a similar argument for space, they had a clear goal when they set out for the new world but we do not. Yeh we can put a base on the moon and maybe visit Mars but then what?
    At one time the developed world didn't know the new world existed. That is why they called it the NEW world. It could have been a barren wasteland for all they knew.
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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    It should be cut, but not completely abolished. We should take space exploration very seriously. Not only does it give us a greater understanding of our natural world, but humans will eventually have to leave the Earth if we want to survive as a species - if that is, we last that long.

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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by jambalaya View Post
    At one time the developed world didn't know the new world existed. That is why they called it the NEW world. It could have been a barren wasteland for all they knew.
    I seem to remember(though history isn't my strongest subject) from history classes that DeGarmo, Columbus, etc. all had the chief concern of falling off the "flat earth's" surface. We know there aren't suitable atmospheres outside of Earth within our reachable limits, but we theorize that it's possible to terrafarm a "close enough" planet to colonize. I think there is plenty of merit in seeing how far we can take our existence, not just within Earth's borders.
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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    The ending of the shuttle program has been in the works for awhile.

    But yes...we do need a space program. There's tons of technologies that have had a major impact on civilian goods and companies that have spun off from the program.

    Also....rather than just a cost benefit argument of the shuttle program....it is a defining feature of humanity to explore and push our boundries.
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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    NASA is good for the economy. But I guess thats not in the sermon at church or something?

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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by LaMidRighter View Post
    I seem to remember(though history isn't my strongest subject) from history classes that DeGarmo, Columbus, etc. all had the chief concern of falling off the "flat earth's" surface. We know there aren't suitable atmospheres outside of Earth within our reachable limits, but we theorize that it's possible to terrafarm a "close enough" planet to colonize. I think there is plenty of merit in seeing how far we can take our existence, not just within Earth's borders.
    Actually, that's a myth started by an inaccurate history book published in the 19th or 20th century. Columbus knew the earth was round. What his sailors were afraid of was of getting so far out that they could not make it back.

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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    Actually, that's a myth started by an inaccurate history book published in the 19th or 20th century. Columbus knew the earth was round. What his sailors were afraid of was of getting so far out that they could not make it back.
    Actually there was never any proof that the crew was afraid of anything. But yea by the time that Columbus sailed it was common knowledge that the earth was round. But churches have always not been much into common sense.

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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by Justice For All View Post
    Even though our shuttle program is gone for now thanks to Obama, NASA still survives and could some day be revived. Do you think it's necessary to be taking tax dollars and massive resources to make space missions, or do you think it's a waste of money and time?

    Personally I hope to see the shuttle program revived after this great recession and then maybe we can start creating something on the moon and explore other planets.

    Edit - my bad I forgot to click the poll part of the thread, maybe a moderater can fix this into a poll of yes or no
    There's a lot we can do in space, there's even more we can do on earth. If the goal at any point is actual space exploration, no single nation alone can accomplish it. It would take the collective of the industrialized world to accomplish.
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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    Actually, that's a myth started by an inaccurate history book published in the 19th or 20th century. Columbus knew the earth was round. What his sailors were afraid of was of getting so far out that they could not make it back.
    Fair enough. When I was in school the books were saying that it was still a flat earth mentality. The point that they ventured into the unknown still stands.
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